Monthly Archives: April 2014

Super Cheeky

When life gives me scraps, I make underwear! I had a small bit of the mint green triangles left after my Lady Skater and I decided that I was in need of another ruched back panty.

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Unfortunately, a lot of the ‘details’ of this pair is lost in the fabric. However, this time around I used a picot edged elastic (that matched amazingly well) around the waistband and opted for elastic around the leg openings. Because the pattern calls for fold-over-elastic, I didn’t think about increasing the length of the leg openings to accommodate extra material needed to encase the elastic – consequently, my ‘cheeky’ pair of panties is ‘super cheeky’ (or a standard pair at Victoria Secret, LOL).

On a completely different note, if you’ve been participating in the Ziggi sew along, don’t forget to upload you photos – today is the last day to do so before the prize draw!

My Lady Skater

04-ladyThere’s nothing like a deadline to get me motivated to sew (and several cups of coffee). That’s right, the Lady Skater project I mentioned yesterday is finished!  Now I can see why it’s such a popular pattern – it came together super fast, fits well, and is flattering on (not to mention that it’s comfy, too).

From start to finish, this dress took me about a morning to sew up – making this the perfect garment to make if you need something new to wear in the evening. The only modification I made this round is shortening the skirt length by about 2″ and was pleased with where the dress fell after hemming (I used  1″ hem). The only thing I’m not fond of is the area where the bodice and the skirt meet up – I didn’t attempt to pattern match and I have to admit, it’s sort of driving me crazy. I’m wondering if anyone joined the skirt and bodice pieces together prior to cutting out so that it’s all one piece? I may eventually give that a try – I think that may be helpful when working with a stripe (although this Wonder Woman mash up may be calling my name next).

The Bottom Line: A great pattern for beginners and more advance sewists will be pleased how quickly it comes together. I can definitely see how everyone is making several of these this summer to wear, it’s a great wardrobe staple!

Big Weekend

04-promThis weekweekend has been a whirlwind of activities: We had Easter (last Sunday), a few sewing deadlines completed, Easton’s birthday, Easton’s birthday party with friends, and prom. WHEW. It’s safe to say that not a whole lot of sewing was done this past week, but I’m gearing up for some productivity over the next few days (although I think it’s safe to say that I’m in a “it’s been a long week(end) and I think I’ll sit on the couch” kind of mood today). Up next: The Lady Skater. I’ve seen a lot of these patterns floating around and thought it was high time I give it a whirl. I’ve also decided that I’d enter it into the Girl Charlee contest (which means I had better hurry and sew because the deadline is Wednesday!). The details for the project are below, but I thought I would share the dress Taylor wore to prom this year (because that’s my favorite part is seeing the dresses). I can’t take credit for sewing this up and am thrilled that we found a ready-to-wear dress that had all the design elements she wanted (open back, floor length, color, etc.) and fit so well!

Pattern: Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater

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Fabric:  Mint Green Triangle Arrows from Girl Charlee

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Total Cost:

Pattern….$12.44
Fabric….$12.40
Notions….stash
Total….$24.84

Casual Lady

04-casualladyThis fall, I picked up a fun bird print fabric, but never used it because I couldn’t figure out what exactly I wanted to do with it. I thought about that fabric again last week and finally decided what I wanted to try… the Casual Lady. Of course, after I buy the pattern, I can’t find the fabric… even after spending the morning digging through my stash. So, I forged ahead with a completely different fabric – something that I had picked up at Needle Nook quite some time ago.

I should probably preface this review by saying, I’m not in love with the fabric I wound up using. To begin with, it’s not what I had envisioned on using plus it’s much thicker and very ‘polyesterish’ feeling. Consequently, I’m not in love with my finished top – it doesn’t have much drape so it hangs unattractively and I don’t ‘feel’ good wearing it (I attribute it to the slubby, yucky polyester feel). As for the pattern, it was extremely easy to sew – instead of inserting bands for the neck or sleeves, you wind up making a facing. While it was probably the quickest top I’ve ever made, I came to the conclusion I still like inserting neck bands a bit better because the facing can add a bit of bulk around the neckshoulders (I think using a thinner material would help) that I don’t particularly care for.

Final Thoughts: One of the easiest, quickest knit tops that I’ve ever constructed – making this perfect for beginners, those who are looking for a pattern try sewing with knits, or anyone who needs a fast sewing top (no kidding I made mine in about 30 minutes). For the most flattering look, try using thinner knits with some drape. As for me, I may try this one again, but I think I’d rather stick with ‘traditional’ t-shirt construction.

Linky Thursday

My favorite piece of clothing on babies is the bubble romper. Learn how to make your own here.

Get ready for the pool or beach by making yourself a new floppy fedora.

Do you like to change your wallet with the season? Then bring in spring with a new bifold wallet!

Germs. We just can’t seem to shake them at our house as we are all sick once again. I am seriously contemplating making face masks for everyone (and they can match our outfits every day!).

I love a good fabric basket – especially if they have ‘interesting details’. I especially like the grommets and rope handles on this version.

I need someone to get married this summer just so I can make these adorable Bride & Groom Coffee Sleeves.

This is no ordinary tote bag, it’s an organizing tote bag (I need more of these in my life).

This week at Sew4Home it’s all about sewing nursery decor. Where was this diaper stacker tutorial when I needed it?

Create a custom flared skirt with this easy tutorial. Looking for something a bit fuller? Try this gathered skirt.

Protect your iPad Mini with a pretty handmade case.

If your room isn’t big enough for a beside table (or you just need a bit more organization) – this mattressbedside caddy is a perfect solution (especially for storing remotes).

And The Winner Is…

04-fabricsCongratulations to Karlyn R. – she’s our winner for the My Image Giveaway contest!  Thanks to everyone that entered – remember if you didn’t win this time, I’ll be having more fun contestsgiveaways coming up this year…. there’s plenty of prizes to be had!

In the mean time, I’m headed to the laundry room to wash some new fabrics that finally arrived – spring has sprung and apparently this is the time I begin hording material!  I do have some plans for most of it, (Lady Skater dress, the Flora, a boat-neck tee, the Jalie (upcoming) dolman top (yes that is the EXACT fabric), and per request of my son a ‘flag outfit’ using my remnant Wonder Woman legging material and a new red stripe) although I just need a few free moments to  start sewing them up.

Galaxy Bracelet

04-galaxyYesterday I strayed away from sewing and did something completely different…. I made jewelry! I am definitely not skilled in this area, but when I saw the tutorial for Loose End’s Galaxy Bracelet, I knew this was something I could do… and I think my version was a pretty good first attempt.

My bands are not quite as tight, but by the time I was at the end of making this one, I finally figured out what I needed to do to make them consistent in size.  Plus my rhinestones are slightly smaller than what was called for in the instructions so you see a bit more space between the leather lace and the rhinestone. Best of all? This bracelet only set me back $7 and I have enough left over materials for one (maybe two) more! Woot!

Vagabond

04-grayThe best thing about writing sewing articles is that I have the opportunity to work with unique materials and fabulous fabrics. My latest submission is a great case in point – Parson Gray’s Vagabond. I’ve been itching to work with this line the instant I saw it…. and finally found the right ‘excuse’ to play with it. Now if I could just learn to write my articles on the computer first and not have to do it the hard way (write it on paper, making notes, then type it out).

Just a reminder, there’s only a day left to enter the My Image Giveaway! You can enter daily for a chance to win a copy of this pattern magazine!

Extension

01-ziggiFor everyone that is participating in the Ziggi Sew Along, there’s good news – the deadline for photo submission has been extended to April 30 (shhh, I still need to upload mine)! This gives you extra time to sew up your version if you’ve gotten behind or even sew a second jacket if yours is finished. Be sure to ask questions if you have them… with so many of us that have completed this pattern, there’s plenty of people available to help out!

I hope everyone has a fantastic, candy filled weekend and are able to sneak in a bit of sewing before Monday arrives.

Linky Thursday

Don’t forget to enter to win the latest copy of My Image pattern magazine here at StacySews! I’m even using Rafflecopter to make entering so much easier!

I think one of the most talked about tutorials this week is the adorable, Goin’ to Camp Duffle bags – and I see why, it’s pretty awesome!

It’s pretty safe to say that everything that comes from Elle Apparel is pretty awesome. The Falling For Florals skirt is no exception.

If you’ve ever seenpurchasedheard about cheer bows, you know they’re quite expensive. Skip the shopping and learn how to make one for yourself.

Ready for summer? Learn how to make the perfect summer swing dress just in time for the season.

If you haven’t caught the Riley Blake Union Jack Blog Tour (wow, that’s a mouthful), then I suggest you check out some of the great tutorials everyone has been posting (cosmetic bags, pajama pants). Before you leave her site, be sure to check out the fun, Pocket Full of Posies skirt, too!

Are you a fabric junkie? Love social media? Take Sew4Home’s Social Media Survey and be entered to win a mystery bundle!

There’s not a lot of (detailed) instructions on how to create this Sock Bunny, but it’s still awesome…. It’s a Sock Bunny – I love it!

I love instant gratification projects and this 30 minute sheath dress definitely fits the bill (and it’s stylish, too).

I may not be a huge fan of the word “totes”, but it’s cute and funny on this tote bag!

Easton’s birthday is next week and I’m thinking I may have to sew up one of these Felt Rainbow Birthday Cakes.

There was recently some talk about some people thinking about making underwear. I say, we do a sew along later in the year for it! Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started, though.